FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – May 13, 2016 – Shortly after Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson called a new federal directive regarding rights for transgender students in public schools “offensive”, Northwest Arkansas Center for Equality quickly called on him to follow the direction set by the federal government.


“Governor Hutchinson’s comments that a directive protecting the rights transgender students in public schools is ‘offensive’ reminds us why such clarity from the federal government is needed. LGBT citizens across Arkansas are too familiar with being left out of protections under state law and depending on the federal government to ensure their most basic rights are protected. Governor Hutchinson should recognize that generations of civil rights movements relied on the U.S. government for clarity lacking in state law to achieve full equality.”

About NWA Center for Equality
The NWA Center for Equality is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which leads a grassroots support and advocacy movement working to achieve full equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community in Northwest Arkansas. More information is available at nwaequality.org.

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